Legends of Aria has a huge graphics upgrade in store for closed beta as it kicks off a community scavenger hunt

Legends of Aria has a big reveal today: It’s completely revamped its graphics ahead of its second closed beta. The word Citadel uses is “drastic,” but, you know, the good kind of drastic.

“On July 12, we will be starting a new phase of testing called Closed Beta 2. It will have hundreds of bug fixes, new features, and…an entirely new look for Legends of Aria,” says the studio. “Something this dramatic seems like it should have taken months and an army of people, right? But that would have been a poor use of your investment in us, as gorgeous as these look. It’s been primarily the work of our artists (say hi, Austin and Tiffany!) and a bit of a hand here and there from everyone else, when they needed a short break from bugs and features. We hope you love the new graphics and that they delight you.”

Meanwhile, Citadel is running a community-wide internet scavenger hunt. There are 15 new screenshots of the game hidden on 15 different media outlets and streaming accounts; the first person to find them all is getting the top-end preorder pack for the game. Not bad at all for finding some links! Hint hint, one of the clues is hidden on Massively OP (but it’s not on this article!).

There’s much more to the update, including city polish, new vegetation, new terrain textures, a more realistic diurnal cycle, better shadows, a new Black Forest encounter, improved town shops, a more realistic atlas, new tameable critters, saddle storage, new music, secure trading, the previously mentioned fast travel and combat changes, and gobs of bug fixes.

The new video showing off the graphics upgrade is down below!

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ultorius
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ultorius

do they still have no maps on the game? alot of players said they would quit when they removed them on reddit.

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Roger Melly

I sent an email regarding that to Sanya Weathers after the resent beta test . Cartography is going to be definite skill so there will be a way of mapping the game at some point . Also there will be a friends list (something else that is missing at the moment )

ultorius
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ultorius

thats great news :] i will go check it again on twitch

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kjempff

That whole team seem so efficient. Me like.

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Toy Clown

I was intrigued, as the graphical improvements are nice, but then I did a quick search to see if this was a PvP title. Alas, I’m backing away from this one.

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

It definitely has PvP, but I’ve yet to experience any myself. Anyone considering playing this title should try the f2p version of UO prior to buying in, as the games align extraordinarily well with one another in terms of leveling skills and how the world is set up.

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Nick Smith

Very nice!

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

I’ve actually been playing this quite a bit on the Legends of Ultima server. Having lots of fun ^^

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Vorender

Nice!